CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

Wessex FM’s Maria Greenwood on getting mind and body into shape this New Year

PUBLISHED: 09:43 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:46 15 January 2014

Maria Greenwood

Maria Greenwood


The usually irrepressible DJ Maria Greenwood is uncharacteristically coy when it comes to running marathons and climbing mountains - unless they’re made of chocolate that is...

At this time of year I am full of good intentions. I am trying really hard to shake off the excesses of Christmas. Did you know there are a whopping 289 calories in one mince pie? No wonder Santa got stuck up the chimney with that kind of indulgence at every house. Maybe the carrot shouldn’t have just been for Rudolph? So New Year, New Start. Time to mull over my New Year’s Resolution with perhaps a (small) glass of wine to oil the wheels.

What do I want to achieve this year? What change can I make that I will actually stick to, at least until the end of the month?

And then it dawns on me. The one thing that is always on my “To Do” list: I need to Get Fit.

The problem with this is I don’t actually enjoy exercise. My breakfast show colleague at Wessex FM, James O’Neill, took part in the London Marathon last year to raise money for Weldmar Hospice, and Amy in our sales team has set herself the same challenge this year. But for me, the only time you should run is in an emergency or for a bus.

So what I need is a way of getting into shape that also provides me with the motivation to stick at it. And I think I have found the book that may have the answer: Pub Walks of Dorset by Nigel Vile. What could be better than taking in some of Dorset’s most beautiful countryside on a bracing winter morning to get the blood pumping - and, ahem, with a slight incentive at the end.

The fact that I am not a huge fan of strenuous physical activity makes me admire those who throw themselves into tough endurance challenges all the more. This month a group of Dorset musicians are endeavouring to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro. They did ask me to join them, but I don’t think there are many places to plug in your hair straighteners up a mountain. The man leading the expedition is strangely not a huge fan of the great outdoors either. In his words: “I don’t like camping, I don’t like climbing and I don’t like heights.” But it’s all in the name of charity.

I have been following the progress of the merry band of climbers on my Sunday afternoon radio show and I have everything crossed that they will make it to the top. It is going to be tough. Apparently out of the 25,000 people who try to reach the summit every year, only two thirds of them manage it. The main problem is altitude sickness.

And if you do make it to the top, what goes up must come down.

Realistically I don’t think I am ever going to scale the dizzy heights of Kilimanjaro, and I will probably never run a marathon. But maybe fitness isn’t all about the cross training. Maybe it’s about reconditioning your mind. And for me that’s about being more decisive. It’s not a question of sticking to a decision, but actually making one in the first place.

So that’s decided - my plan for 2014 is getting my mind and body into shape.

But first I have my own mountain to climb - the one beside me made of left-over Christmas chocolate.


More from Out & About

From your first step, you will see superb views from hilltops and farmland footpaths on this walk

Read more
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Martin Clunes and his family have called West Dorset home for over two decades. Here he shares some of their favourite local places

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One we visit some of the memorials erected across Dorset to remember the fallen in the ‘war to end all wars’

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

This lovely walk takes us from watercress beds to a church famous for its life-size carvings of apostles

Read more
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn is a great time to brush up on your gardening knowledge with the help of some experts, as well as see some well known gardens in a different light

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The guide to Dorset’s best firework displays and bonfire events happening in 2018

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Prepare to experience the paranormal this Hallowe’en as Visit Dorset reveals some of the county’s most haunted pubs, stately homes, historic buildings and tanks

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to German Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Dorset this season

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

Dorset villages are some of the most beautiful in England – think winding lanes, thatched cottages and a cosy pub or welcoming tea room. We suggest ten of the prettiest villages to visit in the county

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans on this lovely walk that takes in rare habitat, ancient woodland and glorious views

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This challenging coastal walk rewards your efforts with spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marine photographer Steve Belasco shares some very special wildlife moments

Read more
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TravelSupermarket has uncovered the top 25 most popular UK beaches on Instagram after analysing hashtags used for over 1,100 beaches and Bournemouth comes out on top

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ride + Stride, Dorset Historic Churches Trust’s annual fundraising event, is a great way to explore and support some of the county’s more unusual places of worship

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search